Silky, shiny and healthy hair like Hanna Montana is what every girl dreams of. However, with the need to catch up with the fast moving life, only a few of us manage to take out a few minutes every day to care for our hair, leave alone giving it the nourishment it requires to develop flowery curls like that of girls on shampoo bottles. The result of this malnutrition - thin, dry and brittle hair which is difficult to handle! Dry hair is thin and rough and is amenable to damage, breakage, tangles and split ends. Dry hair look the same even after a proper wash and can lead to other small and big problems, finally leading to deteriorating quality of hair. There are few inexpensive and totally natural remedies and solution for dry hair, which this article brings forth. Try them and get back the luster and shine to your mane, all at minimal cost!
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Tips For Managing Dry Hair
- Beat an egg into a cup of skimmed milk, until the foam becomes consistent. Rub it on to your scalp and leave it to set for 5 min. Rinse your hair properly with water. Continue the treatment for 2 weeks regularly in order to strengthen the lose strands.
- Add a tsp of shikakai or 2 tbsp of gram flour into a cup of coconut milk. Apply the mixture on your scalp and massage your hair gently with the mixture. Rinse out the solution after 5 min of massage.
- Mix together a tbsp each of castor oil and glycerin. Add to this, a tsp of cider vinegar and a tbsp of mild herbal shampoo to make an effective solution for your dry hair. Apply this formula on your scalp and leave it for 20 min for the scalp to grasp all the necessary nutrients for the health of the hair. Rinse it with clean water.
- People with feeble and dry hair should not wash their hair too often. Washing dry hair daily with shampoo will make it drier by washing out all the natural hair oil from the scalp that helps combat dryness.
- Coconut oil is the best remedy for dry hair. Spread coconut oil from the scalp till the end of your hair and massage it gently. Let the oil stay overnight. Next day, wash it off using a mild shampoo. Continue this for three weeks and find a dazzling side to your dull and lifeless tress.
- Massaging with safflower oil or olive oil will also prove out to be helpful for a dry scalp. The oil will provide moisture to the scalp strengthening your dry and brittle hair. Follow the same procedure as in coconut oil.
- The brush you use for your hair should have soft bristles. A baby brush is a good option for people with dry hair. Baby brushes spread the natural oil from your scalp to the hair follicles, giving them the required nourishment. This makes the dry hair look silkier.
- Be careful while combing your wet hair. Wet hair has the tendency to break off easily. Therefore, avoid combing your hair with thin-toothed combs, as these will tear your hair. Use a wide-toothed comb to detangle wet hair, which will prevent the hair from getting pulled too hard.
- At the time of lathering, avoid any kind of pulling. Avoid scrubbing your hair with your fingernails, as it will irritate your scalp, thereby damaging your hair.
- Use a shampoo specifically made to suit dry hair conditions. Make sure that your shampoo contains extra protein and humectants, in order to repair and enrich dry hair. Condition your hair every time you use a shampoo.
- Avoid using heat irons or hair dryers. Hair dryers and curling irons fry the hair, especially when set to high temperature. If at all you need to use a hair dryer, use it with the cool setting.
- Minimize the use of mousse, hair gels, hairsprays and other chemical styling creams. These products remove the natural oils from the scalp, making dry hair all the more drier.
- Getting a short hair cut can also help you manage your dry hair. Go in for a shorter hair style, so that the new, healthier hair can replace your fringy, dry hair.